Our latest TALKGreenville installment…the January issue is now on stands (or in your home)!
Is it just us, or do the short, dark days of early winter make everyone a bit stir-crazy? Although the holidays keep us hoppin’ for a while, the dust finally settles, leaving us in need of some entertainment. And what better way to entertain ourselves than to get out of our usual stomping grounds for some cocktailin’? No need to travel far…we found just what we were looking by paying a visit to Jason Clark and Jeff King at Bin112 on Trade Street in Greer.
Feelin’ cheesy …
…Of course, a little snack before starting this kind of “work” is a must. We were delighted to find quite an impressive variety of cheeses on the menu. Diners (or cocktailers) can choose one, two, or three for sampling, accompanied by pear, local peach chutney, wildflower honey and a balsamic glace. Score!
Our cocktails of choice…
The Cheerwine Manhattan
This signature drink is a true family affair. Jason combines his homemade Cheerwine syrup and his own brand of “Flying Pig” barrel-aged Manhattan (a winning combination of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Rivata sweet and dry vermouth, and Fee Brother’s 1864 bitters aged 72 days in an oak barrel) then adds his dad’s house-brandied cherries to create absolute perfection. This culinary concoction of a cocktail is rich, oaky, elegant and thoroughly indulgent.
In the dead of winter we could all use one of these bracing beverages to awaken the senses. A perfect combination of Tanqueray Ten Gin (there’s that Gin again, folks), Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice, a smidge of absinthe and a note of orange, this creation is quite the reviver! This too is barreled for 72 days, emerging to create the perfect spirit-lifter.
Always leave ‘em asking for S’more …
…Why not cozy up to a fire pot to melt those winter blues? Graham crackers, marshmallows (they should be tan not burnt, unless you want your fun taken away!) and Bin 112’s homemade chili-infused chocolate bar will surely warm you inside and out. We highly recommend a heavy dose before braving the cold, damp outdoors.
Jason’s vision of Bin112 was a wall of wine, an inviting bar, warm brick walls and a knowledgeable staff. We are happy to say that the atmosphere he has created is just that and more. Never complacent, Jason and Jeff meld the front and the back of the house with smashing success. Jason has fine-tuned the cocktail offerings over the years, carefully choosing and often creating his own libations while “hospitality king” Jeff plays to the crowd with ease. We were impressed. We expect you will be as well.